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  • Stephanie Quinton 10:04 pm on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: credits, , , job world, , papers, , work environment, world experience   

    Making the grade 

    So as we all so dearly know, we can earn credit for the interning opportunities we get. I for instance and getting 6 credits this semester for my internship. With that, comes requirements, papers, and just little updates on how the internship is going.

    I am so happy that my job has been very cooperative with the assignments due.Working a a government agency is very hard, especially because may times you are working with sensitive information. So when I was told that I needed to write a 5-7 page (single spaced) research paper on sometime I am doing in my internship, it’s hard.

    My supervisor and other co-workers all pitched in to find ideas for me, pull together data I could use and in the end helped me piece together enough information that I could use to write my paper.

    I never knew how much a work environment is a social life. You get to know people in your office, and talk with them and work with them. It’s a way to network. It’s a way to make friends and know if you’re in a bind, they are more than welcome to help you accomplish what you need to.

    Interning is not only a job. It’s a life experience that you will never regret. You get the best of both worlds where you are still schooling and slowly being introduced into the real world. You do not need to worry about paying bills, (most of you), because your parents still have you covered and once you enter the working world, you will not just be thrown to the lions.

    With research papers and requirements the school gives, it makes you work harder at your job and learn more about your job than originally intended. You will be able to step out into the world with more certainty in what kind of job you would like, since the one’s you worked at in the past taught you many things.

    These credit requirements are probably going to force me to learn about my internship than I ever want to know, but if I decided to continue on with this internship, then I know I really like it and see myself here in the future, and if I do not, I cannot tell myself that I did not give it my best and full effort, because I had so much information about the company, that I wholeheartedly made the right decision.

    • xinthehouse 6:30 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey do you still intern? I think they need people over here (WH) lol.

  • Stephanie Quinton 10:19 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    When Christmas Comes to Town 

    It’s snowing outside (this case April showers), and it’s just cold enough for jacket and mittens (in this case warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt). All the children get ready for bed (co-workers locking up their offices) and while everyone’s sleeping presents are scattered around the tree (in this case the office).

    As you all know, this past month, my office has been under Congressional review. 😦 Long hours, endless photocopies and no time for breaks or error. Our review finally ended. Or at least for now it has. The present isn’t necessarily a big box with a toy inside but rather it’s the invisible gift. The gift of not receiving phone calls saying Congress needs this or NOAA offices need that. It’s the gift of peace, or normalcy.

    Interning here is a rewarding job. I go into work everyday and talk with people who hold seats of power, see how the office is run and learn life long lessons as I go along.

    One of my lessons is … technology isn’t always perfect and that the human mind is always the solution to a technological problem. When you’re stressed out… there is always a walkway outside your building… use it and take a walk. When you need something to get done and need help, there is an office full of people to help.

    You create a work family that can never change.

  • Stephanie Quinton 8:37 pm on April 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Time to Say Goodbye (imagine Andrea Bocelli singing) 

    Internships are key to learning the trick of the trade… what you want to do with the rest of you life. Internships give you the opportunity to experience a taste of what could be your future job. It makes people change careers and makes people enjoy their field even more.

    I am nearing the end of the school year and I know everyone will be rounding up their spring internships. Tears will be shed and connections made for a lifetime. Wow, I feel like I’m talking about college graduation.

    Looking back.. my internship has taught me many things and has helped me meet great people. I know I have my internship pretty much until I graduate, if both parties agree but I am not sure that this internship is the career path I want to take.

    I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to work for NOAA and meet great people but they are far more dedicated and passionate for the line or work than I am. I want to be in a job where I am just as excited to go to work as going home.

    As I finish out my final school weeks, I hope everyone who is having an internship this semester is happy they had the experience and is ready to experience the world or move to a new internship and obtain more skills and knowledge.

  • Stephanie Quinton 7:47 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Out with the Old, In with the New 

    After the current congressional hearings that included our office, we have been under close watch by government agencies looking for any form of wrong doing.

    There is always a happy atmosphere in the office where everyone says hi to everyone and takes 5 minutes out of their day to catch up on things. I am crossing my fingers that the atmosphere can still remain but I know that these hearing have really hurt the future of my office.

    Just last Thursday, one of my superiors was turning 57 years old so I brought in cupcakes and a significant amount of the office gathered around him and sang him happy birthday. Usually this would be okay and the directors would join in but this time we had government agencies in talking about our work ethic. Needless to say, the director did not seem to happy when he walked in to quiet us down.

    A 5 minute celebration of a once a year birthday turn sour.

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  • Stephanie Quinton 7:08 am on March 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , congressional hearing,   

    Congress loves us! 

    Hey all!

    I am sorry I have not been posting for a while. The perks about interning for a federal agency is that you can make an impact on the federal government, but the worst part is ….. congress reviews your office.

    Allegations of harsh enforcement on fisherman has been brought to the U.S. Congress’ attention. With that said, my office has been working long hours to compile numbers, statistics, names, and actions. Late nights, early mornings, and everything in between has been happening.

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    • fblume 4:27 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are so right! One person, it doesn’t matter which party, can say, “We need to know about ____!” or “____ is an outrage!” and the staffers have 10 minutes to pull together all the facts about a particular topic. It takes a certain kind of stamina and dedication to deal with that element of the unanticipated!

  • Stephanie Quinton 10:24 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    As we all know, this snow phenomenon has paralyzed the whole city of Washington DC and the surrounding areas. This also heavily impacted the U.S. Federal Government. I learned that every day the Federal Government is forcibly closed, the tax payers lose a total of $100,000,000. On the Friday of the first storm, there was a 4 hour early dismissal and the government did not resume until the following Friday including a 2 hr delayed opening. There was almost $500 million dollars spent on federal employees sitting in their houses all week.

    Being from the state of New Jersey, I have experienced a substantial amount of snow and being not  from one of the brightest states (I can only say that because I am from here) in the country I can safely say, we can handle snow. Honestly, I felt that in a city such as Washington DC, there should be better preparation for storms like these. The federal government cannot afford to close offices for about a week! We need adequate plows and streets need to be done promptly.

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    • FB 3:41 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s be fair. We are a southern city and these snows broke all records. You folks in New Jersey have had lots more experience with snow and ice than us! 🙂 And even though the government was closed, staff who work for the House and Senate had to go in. My husband only stayed home Wednesday. But the government really does need to figure out ways people can telecommute! Otherwise, it IS a huge waste!

  • Stephanie Quinton 2:46 am on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , clerical work, cubical, ,   

    Nothing new AU! 

    I learned this week the real term of intern…. “clerical, clerical, clerical work!”

    Although the American University requirements force my internships to make me do legitimate work for 85% of my time… this week was that 15%.

    I have never seen so many people out of the office in my life. Although I tried to do much of my work, how can I do it when I need man the front desk while answering the phones, letting people in the front door, accepting deliveries, and delivering mail?

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    • meganackerman 6:31 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Steph, this is hilarious. I am glad you aren’t with a dead plant anymore and have an official cubicle now.

    • Marie Spaulding 7:51 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      Have you met with your supervisor to discuss your duties and remind him/her of your desire and capabilities to tackle more substantive work? The employer is missing out if he/she is not using your skills.

    • Stephanie 11:06 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My supervisor is a great guy. I’ve met with him plenty of times. I do a lot of work for my internship that is non clerical, just last week the office was a little short staffed. I write newsletters and am very involved in my office. My work is very important to the program I am working in. Without my work of consistently contacting important field offices and collecting and analyzing data, the JEA program would be very hard to manage.

    • FB 7:50 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      At least you’re away from the tumbleweeds!

  • Stephanie Quinton 4:52 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Environmental Studies, , , NOAA   

    Stephanie Quinton. Welcome, Welcome! 

    Hey All-

    So this is my first blog post to everyone. Just a quick introduction… my name is Stephanie Quinton. I am a sophomore student in the College of Arts and Sciences here at American University. I am originally from Westfield, NJ. I transferred to AU in the fall of 2009 from Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and next semester I hope to also double major in C.L.E.G, as well. For all the non-C.L.E.G. majors, it means Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government through the School of Public Affairs (SPA).

    I am interning this semester for the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Law Enforcement. My main job entails collecting information from the coastal states and territories and imputing all their information, such as how many hours they worked and such and what they purchased into the NOAA system.

    I am signing off for now but I cannot wait to post more!

    • Jessica Beasley 9:35 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Stephanie, sounds like you’ll be busy working toward a double major and doing an internship! Can’t wait to hear more about how things go!

    • kim 6:13 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hey! I’m from branchburg and a AU class of 2009 graduate. welcome to AU. goodluck with everything.

    • Megan Ackerman 7:56 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Steph,

      Sounds like you are going to have a very busy semester but I am excited that you have such an amazing internship. I’m looking forward to reading about the internship this semester!

    • FB 7:13 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How did you get your internship? What’s it like working at NOAA?

      • Stephanie Quinton 10:02 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I actually used the very handy and convenient AU CareerWeb! All I did was put in my major, and this was the most interesting internship that I received in my search results.

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